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UPDATE: Authorities say murder plot suspect bought AK-47 online

MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police officials say a murder plot suspect bought a AK-47 assault rifle, even though family members say the former UW-Madison student was recently hospitalized as a psychiatric patient.

Police spokesperson Joel DeSpain says a tip led to the arrest of 20-year old Andrew Meis of Madison.

DeSpain says Meis plotted to kill a 21-year old acquaintance and a 54-year old woman he knew of, but had not met.

DeSpain says Meis purchased the AK-47 rifle online, with the sale facilitated by an area gun dealer. DeSpain says the transaction involved a background check.

Meis' father, Ronald Meis, tells 27 News his son was a patient in UW-Hospital's psychiatric section earlier this month.

DeSpain and other police officials say court-ordered mental health commitments lead to the rejection of proposed gun sales.

Meis' attorney, Amanda Hall says Meis was "...very much, the guy next door," but has been beset with debilitating challenges, although she declines comment on Meis' specific issues. Records show Meis last attended UW-Madison in May of last year.

DeSpain says Meis had hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a knife.

Meis remains jailed and is expected to make a court appearance next week.

Hall declines to comment on whether Meis will pursue a defense of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

But Hall says the case should shine more light on the mental health system, and the ability of people to obtain high powered weapons.


   MADISON (WKOW) -- Police arrested a man they say was planning to kill two Madison residents.

Officers arrested 20-year-old Andrew Meis on tentative charges of attempted first degree intentional homicide and disorderly conduct.

Police say Meis was planning to kill a 54-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man. The names of the alleged targets have not been released.

Officers recovered an AK-47 rifle and ammunition from Meis' home in the 4700 block of Hayes Road. Police say Meis was arrested before any gun violence took place.

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